Ricochet News

Quick facts before you go and vote in 2019 National and Provincial Elections

May 7, 2019
Quick facts before you go and vote in 2019 National and Provincial Elections

Some facts that you need to know as you prepare to cast your vote in the 2019 General Elections 

Millions of South Africans are on Wednesday expected to vote in the country’s sixth national general elections since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Voters will choose the next President, Members of Parliament (also called the National Assembly) as well as members of the various Provincial Legislatures.

A record number - 48 political parties, met the legal requirements to contest the 2019 National and Provincial elections.

Here are some of the election day facts you need to be aware of:

  • On Wednesday, 8 May, voting stations will open at 7am and close at 9pm
  • You can vote at ANY station in South Africa, but if you are outside your registered province you will ONLY be issued a national ballot. So if you are away on holiday or business simply find the nearest voting station to where you will be and go cast your vote
  • If you have moved to a new home, you’re most likely in a different voting district. To find out, go to IEC’s online voting station finder and search for your street name or suburb
  • Check your registration status for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections or get your registration status, current voting station and ward number here. You can also SMS your ID Number to 32810 (R1.00 per SMS) or call 0800 11 8000
  • You can only vote with a Green Bar-coded ID Book, New ID Smartcard or a Temporary ID Certificate (TIC) – your passport and other forms of ID are not accepted
  • Lost/stolen ID? You can get a Temporary ID Certificate from Home Affairs. This document is issued immediately and is valid for voting. All Home Affairs offices will be open on election day ONLY to issue these documents.
  • You CANNOT vote with your passport or drivers licence
  • Frail, elderly, disabled and pregnant voters will be given priority in the queue - if someone is too frail to get out of their vehicle, arrangements can be made for them to vote in the car without having to get out.
  • Make sure both ballots are stamped on the back. If they are not, they will be discarded as spoilt ballots
  • Yes, Wednesday, 8 May 2019, is a public holiday

Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook. For news on the Western Cape click here.

For great savings on life’s little pleasures visit Bargain Buys!  Know somebody who is getting married, Wedding and Function can assist.  Have kids, then you need to visit Kids Connection. Enjoy food and travel, then visit Home Food and Travel.